August starts this weekend – and I’m still in complete denial. Especially since mosts schools in Indianapolis are opening the second week of August. The schools in our area seem to be a little all over the place with what they have planned, so many businesses in the area have started offering programs that will either supplement or replace traditional schooling, at least until things are closer to back to normal. Since my way of feeling better and keeping anxiety at bay is planning, I’ve collected a few school alternative options to share with you all!
Deveau’s gymnastics is a local school that “offers an upbeat, family atmosphere for your child to love to learn! They proudly boast to have the best coaches in the state—on average the coaching experience is 47 YEARS! DeVeau’s is truly a family atmosphere; many of the coaches started out as students in the program where they were trained with values of teaching children in a positive, enthusiastic environment.” The gymnastics school is pivoting (like many other businesses) to include supporting families who are either part time or full time on a virtual learning. schedule. They will offer support for e-learning, PE type classes, gymnastics lessons, and so much more!
Brightly Art Studio offers in studio and online art classes for ages preschool all the way up to 10 years old. While these classes are only once a week, both the in person and online options might be a good option to get out of any ruts that may come along with being at home every day or every other day. The studio offers take home boxes to keep up with enrichment in case an in studio class isn’t in your comfort zone just yet. Why do I love Brightly? Laura always comes up with the most creative ways to keep every child engaged. No matter how your child learns or how short their attention span, they will find something wonderful at Brightly!
Dana Mannix is a local center that “has always been about family. Our goal is to make each family feel at home in a friendly, caring, clean facility. We strive to serve our customers the way we would like to be treated.” Our mission statement is to serve and enhance each person we have the opportunity to serve physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.” When this local gymnastics center realized that many of their current students were going to be in need of an alternative to traditional school, they extended their camp program to go into the Fall. Each group is made up of similarly aged kids, and small groups to promote. safety and focused attention from each of the teachers. We personally attended the preschool program before COVID shut down, and our son always enjoyed the program!
Do you know of other programs in the area? Have you set-up a unique school alternative you want to share with other families? Make sure you share in the comments!